Updates from Monday, Sept. 1
Javi Martinez's operation to correct a tear to his anterior cruciate ligament has been successful, Bayern Munich announced on Monday.
The club tweeted the news via its official Twitter:
He talked about the injury via fcbayernmunich.com:
I’m feeling good and encouraged. My knee is getting much better each day. I spent two days out of sorts, but now I see that my knee is responding to the surgery. The first day I consulted with the doctor. The second day was the surgery. On the third day the rehabilitation really began. I worked on joint mobility, flexing and extension of the knee, some strength exercises and lots of icing.
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 21
Bayern Munich took to Instagram to give an update on Martinez's status on Thursday:
.@javi8martinez: "Everything went well, now I've to continue with the recovery." #VamosJavi #MiaSanMia
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 14
Bayern Munich's Javi Martinez has been ruled out for several months after it was confirmed that he tore his anterior cruciate ligament while playing against Borussia Dortmund.
Bayern's official Twitter account tweeted:
Bayern Munich will have to utilize their depth after an injury to Javi Martinez.
The centre-back picked up a knee injury in the club's Super Cup match against Borussia Dortmund, as noted by GOLTV:
This injury occurred after a collision with Marcel Schmelzer, as captured by 101 Great Goals:
Raphael Honigstein cited Sky Sports in saying the injury might be serious:
Following the injury, Martinez spoke about his condition on a video published on his Facebook page (via AS):
I've knackered my knee and right now, I'm on the team bus. I've spoken to the doctor and he's told me that there is a 99% per cent chance that I have torn my cruciate and external (sic) ligaments.
If it is the cruciate ligament that is damaged, they will operate tomorrow and I'll begin a recovery programme so that I can return even stronger. I'm determined to come back a better player, I'll be back.
The 25-year-old defender came to Bayern Munich from Athletic Bilbao in 2012 and has been a consistent contributor on the defensive end of the pitch. He made 14 league starts last season and 19 the year before while helping the club win multiple Bundesliga titles and the 2013 UEFA Champions League trophy.
Martinez has also been a key contributor for the Spanish national team and was a part of their 2010 World Cup title-winning squad.
While he is capable of playing in a holding midfield role, he is needed more as a centre-back at Bayern with the club having fewer contributors capable of filling the role.
Dante replaced Martinez immediately after the injury and will likely become the go-to option for manager Pep Guardiola.
The Brazil player has a lot of experience of playing at a high level and should be able to handle his role next to Jerome Boateng. With Philipp Lahm and David Alaba taking care of business on the outside, it will make it easier to replace Martinez.
Of course, if the injury is serious, it would not be out of the question to see the club make a move for another defender before the transfer window closes on September 1.
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